Severe drought pushes El Paso Texas over record- 110 days without rain

May 24, 2011EL PASO, TX — The sight of lush alfalfa fields, pecan trees and white cotton fields may diminish next year if this year’s drought doesn’t let up soon. As of today, soon just stretched out a little further. The Greater El Paso area today will hit a record-breaking 110 consecutive days without a trace of rain. According to the National Weather Service office in Santa Teresa, the old record was 109 days in 2002. If you’re looking for a drop of hope this week, then forecasts through Friday will disappoint you. The National Weather Service is predicting dusty, sunny and windy conditions through the Memorial Day weekend. Daytime temperatures will range between the high 80s to low 90s; nighttime temperatures will hover around the mid 60s. Effects from this year’s drought are already being felt as farmers prepare for lower crop yields next year. The problem lies in a lack of precipitation that eventually streams through the Rio Grande and into the Elephant Butte Reservoir. El Paso County farmers welcome water that flows down from the Rocky Mountains in Colorado and northern New Mexico. Most of that water comes from melting snowpack. In the past couple of years, the Rockies’ snowpack has been very poor, resulting in low lake levels farther south. –El Paso Times
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